Williams DeLeon “Hoop” Hooper


Williams DeLeon “Hoop” Hooper, 94, of Albertville passed away on Oct. 15, 2018. The Son of A.B. Hooper Jr. And Ruth Claybrooke Hooper, he was born March 26, 1924. Hoop went to Albertville High School where he played football, and was a graduate of the class of 1941.

Hoop was in the United States Army from 1943-1946 where he served in WWII under General George S. Patton. He then attended the University of Alabama under the GI Bill, and obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, he returned to Albertville where he worked for Hooper Insurance Agency and WQSB/WAVU radio. He started working as an electrical Engineer at Redstone Arsenal in 1968 and worked there until his retirement. He was a licensed Ham Radio Operator, and enjoyed talking to and collecting postcards from fellow Ham Operators from all over the world. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Albertville for over 50 years, where he served as both an Elder and a Deacon. He also taught Sunday School and was known as the Chief Coffee Maker. During his retirement he enjoyed entertaining his family and friends with war stories, cheering for the Crimson Tide, singing old songs, and visiting with his family.

Hoop was preceded in death by his parents, his brother; A.B. Hooper III, and his son William DeLeon “Bill” Hooper Jr. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rosemary Prickett Hooper, children; Linda & Bill Jeff, Frank “Smitty” and Rickie Smith, Patti Smith Lawson, and William “Will” Smith, grandchildren; Amanda Lawson, Josh & Amanda Hooper, Jonathan and April Jeff, Patrick and Stephanie Jeff, Riley and Leigh Ellen Davis, Sean and Gina Hooper, Weston and Dakota Smith and Emma Smith, nine great-grandchildren. He will be interred at Memory Hill Cemetery in Albertville on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m., where a small graveside service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Shepherd’s Cove Hospice or Presbyterian Children’s Home in Talladega: P.O. Drawer 577 Talladega, Al 35161.

Vida Mae Morrow Yother

Union Grove

The family of Vida Mae Morrow Yother, 73, announces her promotion from this temporal life into the permanent dwelling of Heaven on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at Grandview Medical Center, Birmingham.

A native of the Union Grove Church community, Vida Mae was born March 3, 1945, and was married Sept. 10, 1966, to Max Yother with whom she lived 48 years in the Aroney community.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jasper and Dovie Newman, an infant sister, Linda Sue Newman, and a brother, Terry Newman.

She is survived by two brothers, Nolan “Tinker” (Pat) Newman and Herbert “Hubby” Newman; nieces and families, Joanna (Jeff) Patterson, MaKenna and Gracie Freeman, Madison, Bray and Maddox Patterson; Carla Williams, Zach Hiett; Sumer (Derek) Smith, Rylan and Olivia Smith; Roxanne (David) Cofield, Keith and Kevin (Brooke) Cofield; nephews and families, Nolan Newman, Jr., T.J., Anna Beth and Trey Newman; Drexel (Kathy) Kilpatrick, Billie Childers and Brea Kilpatrick; Chosen Nephew and Niece George and Tracey Walker, Elijah Max and Gracie Mae Walker, and special friend, Peggy Bearden.

She was a loyal and active member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she has taught Sunday School, worked with youth and WMU. She had such a servant heart as she is most well known for her cakes and candies which most of the community has enjoyed through the years. She worked for over 35 years in auto-detailing with her husband, Max.

The celebration service will be Thursday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at McRae Funeral Home, Boaz with David O. Cofield and Max Roden, officiating. Music will be by Ali Walker and through recordings of Jimmy Wofford. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery with her Pastor, Justin Joiner, officiating. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Keith Cofield, Kevin Cofield, Garret Gray, T.J. Newman, Eli Walker and Tyler Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Nolan Newman, Jr., Bray Patterson, Jeff Patterson, Maddox Patterson, Derek Smith and Rylan Smith.

The family requests no flowers but memorials to be donated to The Unlimited Potential Place, 627 East Main Street, Albertville, AL 35950.

Roy Randell Burgess


Albertville Funeral Home Downtown announces the death of Roy Randell Burgess, 79, of Albertville, passed away Monday Oct. 15, 2018, at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice. Funeral Services will be Friday Oct. 19, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Churchwith burial to follow in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Johnny Morrow and Gene Lambert will officiate. Pallbearers will be friends and family. Friends may visit with the family Thursday Oct. 18, 2018, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Albertville Funeral Home Downtown. He is survived by his wife, Nell Williams Burgess, daughter, Melissa (Gaylon) Branham, sisters, Pat Russell, Sandra (James) Rankin, Betty (Mike) Trimble, grandchildren, Drew Helms, Samantha Helms, Chase Burgess, Carlee Burgess, Andy Easter, two great-grandchildren. Special family and friends, Linda Gentry, Tracey and Tonya King.

Millie “Jadie” Johnson

A celebration of the life of Millie “Jadie” Johnson will be held at the Albertville Memorial Chapel Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Larry Garrard and Bro. Jim Rooks officiating.

On Oct. 7, 2018, Millie “Jadie” Meeks Johnson went home to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of 91, after a 10-year journey with Alzheimer’s.

She was a resident of Lakeland House Assisted Living in Athens, Texas,

since 2009 and over the years Millie was lovingly cared for by the devoted staff at Lakeland House Assisted Living, Genesis Home Health, A Trinity Valley Home Health and Genesis Hospice.

Millie was born on Jan. 21, 1927, in Attalla, Alabama the second of seven children to Millie Hill Meeks and Monroe Meeks, Sr. After attending Etowah High School and Gadsden Business College she was employed by Dwight Mills and Sears Roebuck & Co. in Gadsden in the business offices. She then married Orbin Keith Johnson of Gadsden, Alabama on July 11, 1949. In 1962 they bought a farm on Sand Mountain in the New Harmony Community. Millie was a faithful employee at Allied Continental Grain Inc. in Guntersville, Alabama for the next 31 years in the accounting and processing office. She was an active and faithful member of New Harmony Baptist Church and Community and belonged to the Bertha Martin Chapter No. 469 Order of the Eastern Star.

The delight of her retirement years was the purchase and restoration of a family home at 17 Dwight Avenue in historical Dwight Mill Village in Attalla, Alabama. It was her pride and joy. She was a member of Cherry St. Baptist Church, pastored by Bro. Larry Garrard; she dearly loved her church family, especially her ladies Sunday School class of Ruth. Millie was always a beautiful lady, inside and out, possessing a calm, quiet, reserved and loving spirit. She was an excellent seamstress, gardener and cook. She enjoyed canning and freezing fresh vegetables from their large garden and was well known for her famous yeast rolls and pecan pies. Millie loved reading, especially historical American and English literature. She was an avid University of Alabama football fan. Throughout the years she was a caregiver to her mother in law, her mother, her husband and her son, in addition to working full time. She loved her family, working hard, going to church ad serving others unselfishly.

Millie was preceded in death by her sister Tennie C. Meeks Hooper; four brothers, Franklin R. Meeks, Kenneth Meeks, Monroe Meeks Jr., Woody Meeks; a grandson, Jeffery Wayne Bruce; her son, Chester Wayne Bruce and her loving and adoring husband of 41 years, Orbin Keith Johnson.

She is survived by their daughter, Colleen J. Johnson Cates and husband Dr. Ron Cates of Athens, Texas; her sister Eloise Headrick of Albertville, Alabama; her grandchildren, Austin Cates and Ms. Raleigh Shea Cates, Ms. Terrie Bruce, Phillip Bruce, Scotty Bruce and Perry Bruce. She dearly loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at the Albertville Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made in her memory to the:

Cherry Street Baptist Church Mission’s Fund in Gadsden, Alabama.

Millie “Jadie” was that Christian woman of noble character described in Proverbs 31:10. Her life was well lived and she was a blessing to all who knew her.

Service arrangements were entrusted to Albertville Memorial Chapel.

Addie Ruth Stephens


Addie Ruth Stephens, 84, died peacefully on Oct. 15, 2018, at Hospice Family Care in Huntsville after suffering a traumatic brain injury sustained in a fall at her residence on Sherry Drive. She was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Guntersville, the daughter of Tommie and Ethel Lowery Swords. “Nannie,” as she was called by everyone that knew her, thoroughly enjoyeod her favorite TV shows “Judge Judy” and “The Walking Dead.” She was a 1952 graduate of Marshall County High School and married the love of her life, William (Billy) Stephens, in October 1952. She was a member of Happy Home Baptist Church and is survived by her daughter, Deborah, and her husband, Larry “Smiley” Chambers, of Harvest; grandsons, Wesley (Marsha) Chambers of Alexander City and Stephen (Alicia) Chambers of Madison; two great grandchildren, Cohen and Neva Grace of Madison; three nieces; two nephews; eight great nieces and nephews; and Jasper, her beloved dog.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Mary Whitehead, all of Guntersville.

Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. at Guntersville Memorial Chapel with funeral services at the chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. Burial followed in Rehobeth Cemetery.

The family extends a special “thank you” to Charity McGriff who assisted in caring for her in the past year. We are blessed that our mother/grandmother was in the loving care of Dr. Hash and Dr. Baggett during her final moments. You gave us strength and comfort, which brought us peace and harmony as a family. May God bless Shannon, Ngina, Diedra, LaCretia, Tina, Lindsey, Terry, Ashley, Karen, Cynthia, Betty, Jessica, Tonya, Deborah and Charlotte for the work you do every day. We are humbled by the compassion shown to us by all of you. Mothers’ passing was one of love and peace. We thank you for making this last memory of her one of dignity and grace. Her exit was exactly what we had hoped for – comfortable and pain-free.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to Hospice Family Care 10000 Serenity Lane, Huntsville, AL 35803.

James Michael Tibbitt


James Michael Tibbitt, 55, of Albertville, previously from Boaz, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

No services will be held, but a celebration of life will be held by close friends in the following weeks, along with a tree memorial.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne H. Tibbitt.

Willodean Gilbert


Willodean Gilbert age 89 of Gadsden who died Saturday.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Crestwood Chapel. Visitation was from 1 to 2 p.m. before the service.

She is survived by son, Gary (Teresa) Gilbert; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and sister, Bonnie Lyles.

Crestwood Funeral Home directed.

Tony Wayne Pullen

Loganville, Georgia

Tony Wayne Pullen, 66, of Loganville, Georgia, died on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct.16, at 6 p.m. at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. before the service. Interment followed at Whitesboro Baptist Church Cemetery, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m.

He is survived by his wife, Sonnita Pullen; daughter, Tiffanie (Marc) Couch; son, Logan (Abigail) Winkles; four grandchildren; siblings, Patricia (Jimmy) Parrish, Mike (Judy) Pullen, and Diane (Will) Goble; mother-in-law, Dorothy Sue Whitt; and sister-in-law, Carla (Johnny) Malone.

Etowah Memorial Chapel is announcing local arrangements.

Alice Oaks


Alice Oaks, 81, of Boaz, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.

Her funeral service was 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Etowah Memorial Chapel. Burial followed at Marshall Memorial Gardens. Visitation was from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mrs. Oaks is survived by her daughters, Patricia Gilliland, Mary Puckett (Gerald), Teresa Williams and Tina Hammett (Allen); 12 grandchildren; 46 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Etowah Memorial Chapel directed.

Etrulla M. Phillips


Etrulla M. Phillips, age 96, of Boaz, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

Her funeral service was 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Liberty Baptist Church. Burial followed in the adjoining cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

She is survived by her sons, Danny (Retta) Phillips and Randall (Donna) Phillips; daughter, Brenda (Van) Barclay; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

Albertville Memorial Chapel directed.

Edna Baird


Edna Baird, 95, of Albertville, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. at Adams Brown Service Funeral Home. Interment followed in Memory Hill. Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. before the service.

Survivors include daughters, Gail (Danny) Slaton and Dianne (Benny “Butch”) Harris; three grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; sister, Bettye Burrows; and brother, Dean Godwin.

Adams Brown Funeral Home directed.

Betty McCormick


Betty McCormick, 83, of Boaz, Alabama died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral service will be Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the McRae Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Aaron Johnson and Bro. Keith Dodd officiating. Burial will follow in Union FCM Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. McCormick is survived by her husband Harold McCormick; son Ken McCormick; daughters and sons-in-law Beth and Art Huber, Lea Ann and Greg Zino; grandchildren Ashley Medders and Kevin Ellis, Juliann Huber, Zhenya Huber, and George Reaves; great-granddaughter Ariel Lea Reeves; sister Martha Howren; brother Edward Baker; nine nephews and six nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents Comer and Bunnie Lee Head; brothers Wilbur Baker and Aubrey Hardeman; sisters Margie Faucett and Ruth Bruce.

Pallbearers will be the nephews.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shepherd’s Cove Hospice.


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